Rutabegorz of Old Town Tustin

Down in Old Town Tustin, it seems that, Rutabegorz is always busy.  And that was the hook.  Originally I said to myself, any restaurant with a loyal base of foodies is worth the try.  And that is how I ended up at Rutabegorz Restaurant.

Rutagegorz is located in historic Old Town Tustin.  I am totally into the old town vibe and the building that houses the eatery was neat, but I did not like the interior decorations.  Was way cliché.  Fortunately, I was there to eat and I ended up dinning with my father, George, who has previously patronized the restaurant.

When it was time to order, George had the tortilla soup and I had the veggie sandwich.  One could imagine what was in the tortilla soup and there were no disputes with the presentation or taste of the meal.  The veggie special on the other hand was an open faced sandwich (a surprise) with a variety of vegetables and cheese served up on toasted squaw bread, placed under the broiler prior to arrival.  Even though I was quite surprised by the open face sandwich, the food was not half bad.  I would probably go for something else next time, however.

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In the end, I would say check it out.  But try something other than the veggie sandwich.  I know I will at least give it one more go prior to my conclusions…I mean they have been around for like 25 years.  And think about it, one could eat and then take a stroll about Old Town Tustin and do some shopping or just enjoy the community.

Best,
Dave

 

Map: Rutabegorz 158 West Main Tustin, CA 92780


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Sun (Oven) Dried Tomatoes

So a client of mine, who I helped sell a home, had a super healthy and prolific roma tomato plant.  I was allowed to harvest as many as I wanted and because Rachell and I saw an easy brief on sun dried tomatoes which proclaimed roma as the best kind to use, I went to town on the plant.  I must have plucked about 15 tomatoes, and there were plenty left on the plant.

Sun dried tomatoes are easy to do but incredibly time intensive.  It takes about six hours in low oven heat, about 150-200 degrees (key word low).  This particular recipe calls for five pounds and fine sea salt, but I used as many as I could fit on the screen and seasoned with coarse salt, cracked black pepper and fresh rosemary.  Take a look!

 

Preparation

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds (2.5 kg) Roma (oval) tomatoes
  • Fine sea salt

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. (100 degrees C.; gas mark 1), or the lowest setting possible. Remove the oven racks.
  • Trim and discard the stem ends of the tomatoes. Halve each tomato lengthwise. Arrange the tomatoes, cut side up, side by side and crosswise on cake racks set on the oven racks. Do not allow the tomatoes to touch one another. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
  • Place in the oven and bake until the tomatoes are shriveled and feel dry, anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. Check the tomatoes from time to time: They should remain rather flexible, not at all brittle. Once dried, remove the tomatoes from the oven and allow them to thoroughly cool on cake racks. (Smaller tomatoes will dry more quickly than larger ones. Remove each tomato from the oven as it is dried.)
  • Transfer the tomatoes to zipper-lock bags. The tomatoes will last indefinitely.

I caned ours in a jar with olive oil.

Best,
Dave

 

Nana Jean’s in Old Town Tustin

Last week I visited David at his office in Tustin after work one day and we decided to head out for early supper.  We did not really have anywhere specific in mind but we were in Old Town Tustin, saw the sunny quiet front patio of Nana Jeans and were set. We sat down outside and ordered a cold beverage and took a look at the menu.  There were lots of umbrellas out on the patio which provided a lot of shade from the hot afternoon sun.  Looking at the menu Dave knew right away what he was going to have – a short rib grilled cheese.  I chose the veggie grilled cheese, and as far as the sides, I decided on the sweet noodle kugel and Dave, the mac ‘n cheese. Nana Jean'sNana Jean'sNana Jean's For those of you not aware, as I was until I ordered it, kugel is a sort of sweet noodle casserole (not as weird as it sounds).When our food came out the sandwiches were large and Dave’s came with a killer side of au jus.  The kugel was okay–Dave preferred more than I did which was fine because I ate the majority of his mac’n cheese. But back to the sandwiches; my veggie grilled cheese included squash, bell peppers, tomatoes and eggplant —so delicous.  Dave’s sandwich was stuffed with short rib and onions, but really it was the au jus that made the whole thing fantastic. Overall it was a nice dinner–I would be interested to go back and try some of the larger items on the menu (pork chops, lasagne, etc.) or perhaps the brunch and the location is just off El Camino Real in Old Town, which makes for a nice little walk after a satisfying meal. Enjoy, Rachell

Map: Nana Jean’s at 303 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780

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Breakfast at Lucci’s Deli in Huntington Beach

What is cheap and delicious?  Breakfast at Lucci’s Deli.

A couple weekends back, I was in the mood for some French toast.  The previous Friday night being hectic, to say the least, resulted in a late rise for the following morning.  So prior to an open house on Saturday, I dropped in at Lucci’s to settle the craving for a savory and sweet breakfast.

I ordered at the counter and took a seat inside the market/deli.  After leafing through the morning paper and sipping my coffee, my order was up.  I was absolutely delighted with my cinnamon swirled French toast special that comes with two sausage links; I also ordered a side of two fried eggs.  The coffee was great; I had three cups prior and three cups during my meal.  The service was friendly and jumped the extra milestone by finding/bringing me a side of boysenberry jam.  When they delivered the bill, I was floored.  Cheap, cheap, CHEAP!  I quickly paid and was on my way.

The first encounter was so pleasant, I decided to treat my lovely wife the following week.  We switched it up this time around, and found a nice spot out front on the makeshift patio.  Rachell ordered the Eggs Benedict, a dish which makes or breaks an eatery (in my humble opinion).  I, as always when finding something I like, ordered the French toast.

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I was shocked, Rachell’s Eggs Benedict was fantastic.  You ask why, because I pegged Lucci’s as a standard diner with some good dishes and some bad.  Why, just cause…I got that feeling, you know?  Well the Hollandaise sauce had the perfect tang, the yolks ran with the first bite, thick layer of ham and buttered biscuits/muffins just “MADE” the dish.  The French toast was just as the weekend before, perfect.  These two dishes without any side orders came to a total of thirteen bucks ($13.00), without tip.

All in all, Lucci’s is that down the street diner.  BUT, it does it well with good food, service and price.  It might not get all the hype because it is a deli, but it is a “MUST EAT” for food in and around Huntington Beach!  If you’re looking for a good breakfast with strong dark coffee then stop by Lucci’s Deli!

Best,
Dave

 

Map: Lucci’s Deli off Adams and Magnolia


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Blue Cheese-Walnut Green Beans

Community Sponsored Agriculture continued…

As you may know, Rachell and I participate in a community sponsored agriculture project by South Coast Farms.  The program itself is a GREAT way to support our LOCAL farmers and a good way to reduce our (chemical) footprint, not to mention the added benefits from eating healthy.  Enough with the rant, if you’re still reading than its safe to say you’re intrigued.

So every other week we are scheduled to pick up a box of fresh “organic” produce.  Really fantastic.  Prior to delivery, South Coast Farms sends out a reminder email along with recipes for the produce delivered.  It’s nothing big, but I feel that it’s an interactive way to get involved with the community and support your craft (I applauded them for the effort).

So the other night we decided to have a go with it: Blue Cheese-Walnut Green Beans. YUM!

Participation with our CSA supports local Californian produce, reduces emissions used to transport foods from out of state and (being organic) reduces the chemical output of the agriculture industry.  Yes, I know, the steak may very well offset any reduced emissions from the local veggies but the point is to acknowledge local farms with fresh seasonal produce and a GREAT meal!

Blue Cheese Walnut Green Beans

*Tender-crisp green beans tossed with creamy blue cheese and topped with toasted walnuts pair well with grilled steak or chicken.

4 servings, about 1 cup each | Active Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/3 cup toasted chopped walnuts , (see Tip)

Preparation:

Bring green beans and water to a boil in a large skillet. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the beans are just tender, 3 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the water has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes more.

Add oil, salt and pepper to the pan and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Transfer the beans to a large bowl and toss with blue cheese until well coated. Sprinkle each serving with walnuts.

Nutrition:

Per serving : 163 Calories; 12 g Fat; 3 g Sat; 4 g Mono; 8 mg Cholesterol; 10 g Carbohydrates; 6 g Protein; 4 g Fiber; 302 mg Sodium; 233 mg Potassium; 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving; Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 high-fat meat, 2 fat

Tips & Notes:

Toast chopped or sliced nuts, stir constantly in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

What to do with too many zucchinis…

Do you ever get in one of those situations where you find yourself with a bounty of one type of food (in this case zucchinis) and yet you have no motivation to actually eat it?

That’s where Dave and I were at on Wednesday.  The last two CSA baskets we have received have had an abundance of zucchinis and cucumber(but that’s another story).  Plus our one little zucchini plant has been producing like crazy! We have been slipping zucchini into everything–pasta, pizza, Asian noodles, everything. We were down to our last two (very large) zucchinis and we were out of ideas. So I did as some many others do and switched on the computer and looked up some of my favorite food blogs for ideas.  I came across two recipes that I thought could handle the job.

The first—and the one we actually had for dinner was a zucchini galette with ricotta.  An awesome vegetarian dinner option to enjoy and I am pretty sure this recipe could be adapted to fit whatever produce is in season.  The other is zucchini bread. I cannot actually remember the last time I ate let alone made zucchini bread and Dave was a little nervous about the idea too, but the results spoke for themselves and it was delicious! It is our new favorite afternoon snack.

Below are my amateur attempt at photos and recipes (with website links)

Zucchini Galette from Always with Butter 

Makes one galette –serve (2 -3)

Pastry:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour, chilled (in freezer for 30min)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp cold butter cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2tsp lemon juice (about 1/2 large lemon)
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Filling:

  • 1 large zucchini cut into 1/4 in rounds
  • 1-2 roma tomatoes (you can add more if you want more)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 small onion cut into rings
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 c. grated parmesan
  • 1/4 c. shreded mozzarella
  • fresh or dried thyme
  • sprig or two of rosemary
  • olive oil

Pastry Prep:

  1. Whisk (cold) flour and salt, cut in butter.
  2. Mix sour cream lemon and water in bowl. Add to flour mixture until just combined (kinda like biscuits).
  3. Wrap the dough and chill for 1 hour

Baking:

  1. Oven at 400 degrees
  2. Spread zucchini over a cookie sheet (or parchment paper) and sprinkle with salt and allow to sit for 30 minutes—or until everything is prepped.
  3. Mix ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Mix in the garlic , a sprinkle of thyme leaves and some roughly chopped rosemary (maybe ¼ teaspoon each). Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Roll out dough into a 12 inch round.
  6. Very important place on baking sheet before you assembled –I made that mistake and it was a very messy transition.
  7. Spread ricotta mixture over dough leaving a two inch border.
  8. Place onion, zucchini and tomato over the cheese mixture. Drizzle with olive oil and a few thyme leaves and rosemary.
  9. Fold over crust, brush with olive oil (or you could do an egg wash).
  10. Bake for 30-40 minutes until crust is set and flaky.

Such a simple supper but it is so good. The crust is flaky and the herbs and fresh veggies is amazing.

I also saved some for lunch the next day and it was fantastic! I took it out of the frig in the morning and let it come to room temperature—almost better than the night before because the cheese had the time to set and it was not as gooey as at dinner.

Dave and I are definitely going to try this one again but with more  variety in the types of veggies, maybe some swiss chard, asparagus, even potato.

Zucchini Bread from Smitten Kitchen 

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
 (one zucchini of mine was closer to 3 cups but I just threw it all in)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour ( I did 1 ½ whole wheat, 1 ½ all purpose)
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, raisins or chocolate chips or nuts a combination thereof (I used a handful of raisins)

 Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease and flour two 8×4 inch loaf pans, liberally (I super greased down two loaves –with Crisco ashamedly, and they came out smooth enough).
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Mix in oil and sugar, then zucchini.
  4. Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt, as well as any nuts, chocolate chips and/or dried fruit, you want to use
  5. Stir into the egg mixture. Divide the batter into prepared pans.
  6. Bake loaves for 60 minutes, plus or minus ten, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

This is a nice alternative to dessert or a sweet snack, Dave enjoys it with a smear of almond butter.

Enjoy,
Rachell

Pacific Crust in Huntington Beach

A buddy of mine raves about this sandwich joint in Huntington.  I always attempt to stop by on Sunday before work, but they’re closed on Sundays (respectable).  So last Friday, on my day off, I was in the neighborhood and decided to stop by Pacific Crust in Huntington Beach.

Being a mile or so off the cost, Pacific Crust offers a brown bag special.  But I wasn’t having any of that because word on the street is the clam chowder rivals most.  So I went with the half sandwich cup of soup special with drink and chips for something like six dollars and change.  As one could tell, I went with a cup of chowder and had a ham sandwich with mayo/Dijon mustard, pepper jack cheese and toasted squaw bread, good portions.

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The grandmother called out the order, the father manned the prep-station, the mother (later) brought me my order and the teenage daughter rang me up.  Always have to respect those family owned operations!

To be honest, the food wasn’t anything special but it was good and I finished the meal (of course).  It did have that familiar feeling of a sacked lunch straight from mom’s hands, which I appreciate.  Although the Styrofoam cups/containers really destroyed this good will, I was a sit-down or eat-in guest.

All in all, not bad but (again) nothing special.  I do give props to the mom/pop operation but I think they can kick it up a notch and get some reusable flatware; I would pay an extra buck or two for the added expense.  All the employees were friendly and respectful and the food was hot and hit the spot.

Do you have suggestions?  Feel free to comment.  THANKS!

Best,
Dave

Map: Pacific Crust Huntington Beach


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PhoTASTIC in Huntington Beach

Wow, it took me awhile to get this post up and running…but here we go.

For Memorial Day Weekend, Rachell and I were headed out to Bakersfield (Oildale specifically).  We decided to stop off for dinner on the way up.  So we rolled into the old Burger King parking lot (recently?) acquired by PhoTASTIC, to try a bowl of soup and a sandwich.

As we entered the renovated eatery, I was overcome by a wave of nostalgia.  Ha, not really.  But the beneficiary made some changes by expanding the kitchen and reducing seating.  I know you’re thinking why, why take out seating in your restaurant…Well with the expansion of the kitchen came new quality controls like baking fresh bread and sweet treats.  Well worth the lost seats.

You have to forgive me, it was a while back when we sat down to eat.  That being said, Rach, Hanna (sister in/law) and I ordered up sandwiches, pho soup and an appetizer.  Rachell had the sandwich/soup special with a vegetarian sandwich, very fresh and coupled with the soup very delicious.  Hanna had the pork sandwich, which was gone before I could ask for a bit.  I ordered up the spring rolls and the pate sandwich, and being found of pate I was happy to have ordered the sandwich and finished every bite.

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, the restaurant was very well kept, with nice flatware, a variety of sauces, friendly atmosphere and cheap (I don’t remember the price, being so long back, but I do remember a promise to the owner).  We ran into the proprietor on the way out, who was friendly (of course), in which I promised to be back for more.

Best,
David

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Map: 19201 Brookhurst Street PhoTASTIC HB


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Mama’s on 39 in Huntington Beach

Riding BikesLast Saturday, Dave and I rode our bikes to the new neighborhood restaurant Mama’s on Beach Blvd and Atlanta (in Huntington Beach).  Not knowing anything about the food or theme we headed in blind. 

Once walking in, we still couldn’t figure out what we stepped into, part sports bar, part modern, part nostalgic surfer, Mama has identity issues.  We were sat right away and our menus were printed out on paper (disposable and all). Our server greeted us right away and grabbed us coffee. When she returned she explained the menu to us.

Mama’s serves breakfast all day and has a limited lunch and dinner menu as seen on the menu.  Mama’s utilizes locally grown produce whenever possible and makes everything fresh daily.  On the front half sheet of the menu, it listed the different specialty drinks (think mimosas, blood mary’s  etc.), on the inside it listed the breakfast menu– most plates average around $10 and are on the fancy high-end of the breakfast joints we’ve visited. 

We ordered the bacon biscuits(?) with house-made strawberry jam (which was more like macerated strawberries) to start the breakfast and we ordered their bloody mary which is 32oz–so our server was nice enough to prepare it into two separate mason jars for us.  That’s the thing about Mama’s lack of identity, our food is prepared in a hip modern fashion but the drink came out in a mason jar?

Okay, now for the food…the bacon biscuits were tasty, and the food was good.  For the meal, David had the waffle sandwich literally two thin but large waffles with two fried eggs, bacon and cheese in the middle.  I had the Egg and Smoked salmon (that’s not what it was called but that sums it up) it came out prepared beautifully and for $11 I got a decent serving of smoked salmon with egg, avocado and some heirloom tomatoes on bagel with dill sauce–neither of the dishes came with sides, but it was still a lot of food (especially with the biscuits).

Like many new restaurants it was over staffed -which meant that our server was at our table every 2 minutes–which is nice for some people, but we really just wanted to enjoy our breakfast alone not with company.

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Overall, I do not know.  The decor did not fit with the theme of the menu or with the food, and the price was a little steep.  Mama has some figuring out to do. The one plus that would make it worth stopping by again–they serve Thrifty’s ice cream in the front (8 flavors).

Best,
Rachell

 

 

Cowgirls Café in Santa Ana

I am always prodding Rachell to go out and view properties with me and an incentive I offer is breakfast.  You already know our passion for early morning delectable’s, so the offer was as good as gold.  Because we were headed out to Tustin, Rachell searched the net to find this great diner out in Santa Ana off Edinger and Grand.  And that is how we came across Cowgirls Café.

So as we pulled up, I was happy to see two things.  One, a packed parking lot (good indicator).  Second, the yelp sticker on the window.  Being our first time, we were uncertain to wait for seats or take the initiative…but a friendly face pointed us in the right direction, giving us our choice of tables.

The place, if one couldn’t tell from the parking lot, was packed.  People from every walks of life, families, friends, young and old all present.  The staff was friendly, all full time servers or family (at least you got the vibe that it was a mom and pop operation).  And, to my pleasure, it wasn’t decorated in some outlandish cliché décor (Cowgirls; one could imagine).  It’s just a straight up, down to earth diner where you can play the Super Lotto ‘Hot Spot’ while you wait.

As usual, we took our coffee black, two waters and a juice to get us going.  After; we placed our order.  Rach had the ‘Almost Eggs Benedict’ which was scrambled eggs, your choice of meat and piled on biscuits with hash browns on the side.  I took to the ‘Breakfast Sandwich’ with a waffle, sausage and two eggs (yes, of course, they had boysenberry syrup).

 

 

 

 

 

We took our time with the meal, because it appeared we arrived towards the end of the rush.  But that did not stop us from clearing our plates.  In Rachell’s defense, I helped finish hers off.  My only complaint, was not ordering Rachell’s dish.

The food was GOOD, ABUNDANT and CHEAP (a winning combination).  Our total bill was just under twenty dollars, without tip.  In the end, I place Cowgirls Café towards the top of my list for eateries.  They serve up hot plates, with good portions, tasty, in clean relaxed space and all at a (more than) reasonable price.  I know that we will be back when we’re in the area, and that is without a doubt.

Enjoy,
Dave

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 Map: Cowgirls Cafe 1720 South Grand Avenue Santa Ana, CA


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Five Guys Burgers and Fries

So, last weekend Rach and I were headed for Bakersfield to help prepare for Memorial Day Weekend at my in-laws ski ranch.  A heck of a place, might I add.  Back on track, we skipped ‘preparing’ dinner and stopped off at Five Guys Burgers and Fries instead (over off Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach).   

As you enter, like any good franchise, you step into a specific culture.  Five Guys reminds me of the classic diner, with red and white checkered tiles, small menu particular to burgers and hot-dogs and uniformed hosts.  On a side note, they offer you free peanuts in 100% recycled trays (kinda cool, recyclable that is). 

At the counter, a variety of sides caught me off guard and it took me a minute.  Rachell ordered right off, a mini (one patty) burger all the way.  I ordered my mini bacon cheeseburger with unique toppings like fried onions, fried mushrooms and jalapenos.  We ordered a side of Cajun spiced fries, a healthy serving (maybe too much).

The food was good.  But, the fries were those big mushy ones that we don’t particularly care for.  The service was friendly but I could’ve gone for more smiling faces.  The price was OUTRAGEOUS.  As in outrageously overpriced.  We bought two burgers, split a large fries and split a cola for about $18.00.  You got nothing on my SoCal boys over at In-N-Out: nada, nothing, zilch. 

I would say, go out and try it.  It’s good.  But if you want to spend the dollars on burgers go to downtown Huntington Beach and check out 25 Degrees.  You could at least hit up happy hour, have a cocktail, maybe a spiked shake and say (damn) that was worth X dollars.

Best,
Dave 

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Map: Five Guys in Huntington Beach


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25 Degrees, in Huntington Beach

Two weekend’s past, a close friend of ours was coming down from Camarillo and as a little reward for turning in her final project (PACT) for her teaching credential, Dave and I decided to take her out for lunch at 25 Degrees

This was not our first time venturing to the bistro burger joint and nor will it be our last.  Located just off Main St in downtown Huntington the front of the restaurant is unassuming and inside it is a fairly simple layout except that smack in the middle is the bar. 

Since there were three of us decided on a booth and sat ourselves.  We happened to arrive at the beginning of happy hour, which varies on specialties.  We ordered a happy hour appetizer, a honey glazed, Asian version of buffalo wings, and drinks. Rebecca ordered a raspberry mojito, I had a happy hour drink called, red head in bed(citrus vodka, muddled strawberries and lemon), and Dave tried the cream soda-of which none of the ingredients are actually cream soda, but rather whiskey and vanilla vodka and some others.  

Our appetizer came out quickly, the wings were really tasty and for a ‘happy hour special’ the quantity was good.  For the main course Rebecca ordered the number two and Dave and I shared the number one, we all split an order of 50/50 fries and onion rings. 

The number two burger includes roasted tomato, crispy prosciutto, burrata cheese and pesto (Delicious!). The number one burger is topped with caramelized onion, gorgonzola, crescenza, arugula and thousand island. Dave was not a fan of the arugula but I really enjoyed it, everything combined with the hamburger was amazing. 

Now you might think we would stop after such a decadent meal–but no.  The real reason we even chose 25 degrees was because of the “spiked” shakes.  Rebecca ordered the salted caramel: vanilla ice cream, bourbon, butterscotch and sea salt. Soooo good! This is a fairly strong shake, definitely be aware if driving, you may want to relax and order a glass of water. Dave and I split a chocolate spiked shake, I forget the exact ingredients but it went something like chocolate ice cream, chocolate liqueur, bourbon, maybe something else? It was tasty, but the salted caramel was better. 

The crowd was pretty mellow, however that is not always the case, especially if the weather is nice, or its dinner time the place fills up quick.  The price is on the high end–you are paying $10 for a burger–just a burger, so the bill can creep up, but the quality of the ingredients and unique parings makes the price seem of fair value, and they do have items that will not hurt the wallet (including $2 pbr in a can).

Enjoy,
Rachell

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Map: 25 Degrees, Huntington Beach


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Tustin Earth Day Compost Event

Pretty cool event held in joint cooperation with CC&R Waste Management and the City of Tustin for Earth Day (Week).  Single Family Residents (SFRs) who present the coupon from their April 1st billing statement, Environmental News, will receive two 30lbs bags of compost. 

Basically, you can use your compost throughout your garden on a wide range of plants and trees.  The compost will help revitalize the soil of depleted minerals and nutrients that your ‘Victory Garden’ (vegetable patch) needs.  I am not cheap, and I have my CC&R bills to show for it, but FREE is the right price for me!

So, City of Tustin, head on down on April 30th to 235 E. Main Street with your coupon for two free bags of compost!

For more information check out these details at the City of Tustin.

Happy gardening,
David

Recap:



I must say, the joint cooperation between the City of Tustin and CC&R Waste Management went off without a hitch.  There was a line from Main Street right into the parking lot with management collecting the coupons and staff handing out the compost, they had it down pat.  I was happy to see the compost was all natural and organic.  That means NO chemicals being absorbed into our produce or leaching into our water system through drainage.  If you want to see some real damage from chemical run off then check out the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Remember, all natural no chemical compost is a doubly good, double positive, ahh, just plan good for your family and your health!

THANKS again City of Tustin and CC&R Waste Management.  Goodwill earns my RESPECT!

Best,
Dave


Map: 235 E. Main Street Tustin CA


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